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thickcurlygurly 08-24-2009 10:15 AM

Aloe vera gel
 
sorry if this is a repeat thread but i was wondering how to use aloe vera gel or if i even should and why?

WurlyLox 08-24-2009 12:28 PM

I almost always use it first thing out of the shower on sopping wet hair before any leave-in or styling products. It adds some weightless moisture, cuts down on frizz, and helps with definition and clumping - it's just generally curl enhancing. I usually use at least 2-3 pumps of Fruit of the Earth clear AVG.

It's also good in a 50% aloe:50% water spray to refresh curls and reactivate product on day 2 and beyond - mist it on (I do it upside down first to get under layers then flip over and do the top) scrunch it in, adding a bit of other product if you think it's needed, allow to totally dry then SOTC.

burgundy_locks 08-24-2009 01:03 PM

AVG, did someone call my name? lol. i use it just like Auntnett and i LOVE IT! it is my only "leave in" this summer. every now and again, i'll try another leave in, but this with KCCC is so awesome. i dont have the pump version, but i squeeze about 4 medium size dollops. i use enough that i know its gotten all in my hair. then i scrunch scrunch scrunch.

thickcurlygurly 08-24-2009 01:04 PM

ok i think ill have to go get some today

thickcurlygurly 08-24-2009 01:06 PM

does it make your hair crunchy at all?

thickcurlygurly 08-24-2009 01:21 PM

I have Banana Boat soothing aloe aftersun gel, its green not clear will this be ok?

ingredients are: water, SD alcohol 40, glycerine, polysorbate 20, carbomer, triethanolamine, imidazolidinyl urea, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, fragrance, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, benzophenone-4, yellow 4, blue 1.

nancytmcc 08-24-2009 01:23 PM

I would think that with alcohol as the 2nd ingredient and aloe down lower on the list, there is too much alcohol in that one and it would be too drying?

helloitsio 08-24-2009 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by thickcurlygurly (Post 1078031)
I have Banana Boat soothing aloe aftersun gel, its green not clear will this be ok?

ingredients are: water, SD alcohol 40, glycerine, polysorbate 20, carbomer, triethanolamine, imidazolidinyl urea, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, fragrance, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, benzophenone-4, yellow 4, blue 1.

No, the alcohol will dry out your hair.

thickcurlygurly 08-24-2009 01:28 PM

ok thanks i guess ill just reserve that bottle for sun burn, recommendations on any brands that are easy to find and safe for my hair? i really want to try this so any suggestions on brands would be super helpful

jillipoo 08-24-2009 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by thickcurlygurly (Post 1078039)
ok thanks i guess ill just reserve that bottle for sun burn, recommendations on any brands that are easy to find and safe for my hair? i really want to try this so any suggestions on brands would be super helpful

And with alcohol so high up on the list, maybe it's not so good for sunburn, either!

Most people seem to use Fruit of the Earth (easiest to find, I guess). I also use Trader Joe's aloe vera gel -- it's great.

burgundy_locks 08-24-2009 02:55 PM

i use FOTE like a lot of the other curlies. i get no crunch at all... its not strong enough for my hair to leave any crunch. but if ur concerned about the crunch, you can plop a little after the u apply the AVG, or just scrunch out any crunch.

AlannahAngel 08-25-2009 01:13 AM

I know I have a thread on avg, but do you guys think it is a good styling gel? I've asked some other ppl and I got mixed answers so what do you think? thanks!

thickcurlygurly 08-25-2009 03:54 AM

I couldn't find FOTE so i got solar radiance, has anyone tried using that brand? If so how has it worked for you? I need to know soon incase i need to take it back.

Copasetic 08-25-2009 07:29 AM

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Originally Posted by thickcurlygurly (Post 1078834)
I couldn't find FOTE so i got solar radiance, has anyone tried using that brand? If so how has it worked for you? I need to know soon incase i need to take it back.

As long is it is 100% pure aloe vera gel, you should be fine. If it has any additional ingredients, I wouldn't use it.

Oh and aloe gel should be clear, not green. :D

WurlyLox 08-25-2009 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by AlannahAngel (Post 1078814)
I know I have a thread on avg, but do you guys think it is a good styling gel? I've asked some other ppl and I got mixed answers so what do you think? thanks!


It doesn't have enough hold alone for most folks, although I've seen a few who say it's all they use. Just give it a try and see if it works for you.

WurlyLox 08-25-2009 10:18 AM

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Originally Posted by thickcurlygurly (Post 1078834)
I couldn't find FOTE so i got solar radiance, has anyone tried using that brand? If so how has it worked for you? I need to know soon incase i need to take it back.

I did a Dogpile search (includes Google, Bing, Ask, Yahoo, others) and couldn't even find anything on Solar Radiance Aloe Vera Gel . . . .

thickcurlygurly 08-28-2009 06:02 PM

ok so i have my FOTE AVG can i apply it to dry hair?


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